ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Leveraging SOA for Strategic Value Creation
Florida Community College Jacksonville (FCCJ) is in the competitive and highly commoditized two-year community college industry. To rise above the fray, FCCJ has looked to their information technology (IT) department to help them build competitive differentiation in this market. In furtherance of this aim, FCCJ is instituting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in a three-phase initiative that currently automates several key business processes, and will eventually lead to a virtual environment for students, employees, and other users at the college. FCCJ is a long-term customer of Software AG, and Software AG’s products and professional services have been crucial in FCCJ’s success with SOA up to this point. Their SOA initiative is so successful so far, in fact, that they must manage the demand for additional Service-oriented applications from across the college, and their expanded capabilities have led to increased opportunities with channel customers who wish to leverage FCCJ’s IT capabilities for…

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JackBe: Platform for Enterprise Mashups
Mashups are collaborative compositions of online capabilities within rich user interfaces, while Service-Oriented Business Applications are declarative compositions of Services within the context of a Service-Oriented Architecture implementation. Today, these two concepts are merging into the Enterprise Mashup, a governed, secure composition of Services within a rich user environment. For the vision of the Enterprise Mashup to become a reality, however, enterprises require sophisticated tools that not only enable the creation of such mashups, but also their effective governance and management. Emerging platforms that provide such capabilities, such as the JackBe Presto REA Platform, provide for these advanced governance, scalability, loose coupling, and rich user interface capabilities necessary to empower business users to use, and eventually create, their own Enterprise Mashups.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Composing Services into Enterprise Mashups
The largely separate worlds of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the collection of collaborative Web applications known as Web 2.0 are beginning to converge. Now that SOA is maturing, organizations that have been implementing it are increasingly focusing on how to empower users by giving them greater control over the flexible composite applications that SOA enables. Rich Internet Application technologies like Ajax, along with the collaborative nature of other Web 2.0 technologies, are enabling a new form of composite application known as an enterprise mashup, providing direction to architects who are seeking to provide agility and user empowerment to the business users in their organizations. IT is now realizing that it is their role to provide the architecture, infrastructure, and governance framework to support business users as they create, maintain, evolve and share such enterprise mashups. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Model-Driven Mashups: The Business Opportunity
In our discussions on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink has always focused on the overlap between business and technology. We see SOA as Enterprise Architecture, which concerns the business and how it leverages technology to meet business needs. It follows, then, that our analysis of mashups also drills down into the business applications of technology. While others may scorn mashups in general little more than proofs-of-concept for distributed and sometimes Service-oriented applications, ZapThink feels that the business potential of mashups is so great, in fact, that this ZapFlash is the third in a series on the topic. In Mashups and SOBAs: Which Is the Tail and Which is the Dog? we defined enterprise mashups (Web applications that combine content from more than one source into an integrated experience) and discussed their relationship to Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), which are applications composed of Services in a declarative manner. We then concluded…

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SnapXT: Pioneering Enterprise Mashups
An important goal of any Service-Oriented Architecture initiative is to enable business users to compose Services into flexible composite applications that can provide ongoing business value in the face of changing requirements. Meeting this need is the emerging concept of the mashup, which empowers users to create such composite applications in a dynamic manner by leveraging Web technologies. Most of today’s mashups, however, are experimental in nature, and provide little business value. To bring business value to the nascent mashup market, SnapXT offers users the ability to create enterprise-quality mashups that assemble diverse IT assets and data sources in a flexible, declarative fashion. What makes SnapXT different is its multiple interface metaphors that simplify application creation and empower the users of those applications. As a result, SnapXT is pioneering enterprise mashups through their tool that offers true business value to companies looking to build Service-Oriented Business Applications. [hide…

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